MISSOULA – The University of Montana Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities will offer a film series to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a law that has advanced the quality of life for people with disabilities.
The films are all free and open to the public. The showings will be from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 26, March 25 and April 15 in the University Center Theater. Each screening will be followed by an audience discussion with expert panelists.
The schedule includes “FIXED: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement” on Thursday, Feb. 26. This film looks closely at the drive to be “better than human” and the radical technological innovations that may take us there.
“Enter the Faun” will be screened Wednesday, March 25, and is about a choreographer who encounters a young actor with cerebral palsy. After she invites him to dance the lead in her latest production, his prognosis, to be in a wheelchair by age 40, morphs into a far different reality.
“Sins Invalid” and “For All” are both scheduled for Wednesday, April 15. “Sins Invalid” is a performance project on disability and sexuality that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and queer and gender-variant artists as communities who have been historically marginalized.
“For All” is about the first all-abilities playground in Missoula that was built with the help of the community. The film follows seven children with disabilities as they contribute to the design and experience a playground built with them in mind for the first time.
Since 1978, UM’s Rural Institute has worked to improve the skills, abilities and quality of life of people with disabilities in rural communities, including their families and those who serve and support them. The film series is one of many activities the institute will promote in celebration of the 25th anniversary of ADA. In 1990, when ADA was signed into law, the United States committed itself to eliminate discrimination against people with disabilities. UM is proud to be part of the effort.
People interested in learning more or attending the film series should visit http://ruralinstitute.umt.edu/. For more information call Beth Burman-Frazee at 406-243-6721 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.